Trying to lose weight is difficult no matter how you try to do it. But working out, in particular, can be especially taxing. It usually takes weeks to see results and many of us gain weight in the process (as a result of muscle growth). As a result, we can quickly lose our motivation.
Luckily, there are tons of other motivating reasons to work out that have nothing to do with your weight. The key is to find the “right” one for YOU. To help you out, below are 10 amazing reasons to work out that have nothing to do with what the scale says.
Your hair and skin will improve
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your hair and skin look better. And thankfully, working out can help with that by increasing blood flow throughout the body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your skin and hair. This can lead to healthier (and possibly quicker) hair growth and clearer, firmer skin.
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your hair and skin look better. And guess what? Working out does just that by increasing blood flow throughout the body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your skin and hair. This can lead to healthier (and possibly quicker) hair growth and clearer, firmer skin.
Working out can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. As your muscles become firmer, the skin above them looks tighter, making your cellulite much less noticeable. And as an extra bonus, working out reduces your blood sugar levels and the stress hormone cortisol, two things that can lead to wrinkles.
You can save on healthcare costs
Many of us know the health benefits of working out (like lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease). But we often forget that being healthy also helps our wallets. The truth is, being sick is expensive. Even with health insurance, the cost of doctor’s visits, treatments, and medications can easily cost thousands.
Obviously working out cannot prevent every disease or guarantee that you won’t get things like heart disease, but it can give you health benefits that make it less likely you’ll get sick. So in the end, working out may help prevent a condition that could cost you a lot financially.
You can shop for cute workout clothes
If you’re going to be working out, it’s a great excuse to get some cute workout outfits. In fact, some people find them so comfy and flattering, that they end up wearing them everywhere, not just at the gym. And believe it or not, but a workout outfit (you feel good in) can increase your mood and performance making you work out harder and happier. So they aren’t just for show.
Shopping for workout clothes doesn’t have to break the bank either. You can easily find many cute styles for less than $20. For a great list of places to shop see: The Best Places To Buy Affordable Workout Clothes And Activewear.
You can help prevent future injuries
Many of us know how debilitating injuries can be. Some are so painful that they can prevent us from going to work or even taking care of our families. And in certain cases, we may even need to take medications, which can come with unpleasant side effects.
Luckily, working out can help us prevent injuries by improving our stability and flexibility. It also strengthens our musculoskeletal system, making it less likely we’ll injure ourselves doing everyday activities. This can be especially helpful for those who suffer from a reoccurring injury or have a physically demanding job.
You’ll have better sex
According to Shape.com, working out helps increase your sex drive, as well as your sexual function. This is due to the fact that exercise reduces stress, a major mood killer. It also makes your brain release endorphins which can make you feel happier, leading to more sexual desire.
Working out also aids sexual function by shaping your body, making you feel more confident in the way you look naked. It also increases blood flow to your genital region leading to stronger orgasms. All things that make for a really good sex romp.
You can play fun videogames
One of my favorite ways to work out is to play video games. With the Wii, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation consoles, you can play all sorts of games that will get your muscles moving and your heart pumping. And for a newer option, you can try using a virtual reality headset like the one shown in the above photo.
Luckily, there are tons of different games to choose from including those that simulate sports, dancing, and other calorie-burning activities. In the video above, for example, you can see a dancing game, made to work with virtual reality headsets. If you aren’t ready to move around as much, you can start with games that involve stationary (low-impact) strength training exercises.
You will meet new people
There are dozens of different exercise classes you can take where you can meet new people with similar health goals as your own. Or just by going to the gym by itself, you may find a friendly workout buddy or even a new romantic partner. If you don’t belong to a gym, you can meet new people by engaging in other physical activities like taking dancing lessons or a self-defense class.
You can decrease your stress
According to Healthline.com, working out makes your brain produce more endorphins. These endorphins lead to better sleep and can help relieve anger and tension, leading to a decrease in your overall stress level. Working out can also lead to better cognitive functioning along with increased energy levels, two things that are often lacking when you’re stressed out.
Exercising also offers a distraction from the negative stressors in your life. This is especially true if you are doing something you enjoy. For some fun ideas, see the post: 60 Fun Activities That Burn Calories.
You will look and feel better
Working out can help shape and tone your body, making you more satisfied with your appearance. And having a positive body image can bring you mental health benefits like increasing your happiness and giving you more confidence. And this doesn’t mean you have to lose weight in the process. Your body image might improve just because you feel stronger or have more mobility.
Plus, you can still feel good knowing that you are taking steps to become healthier. By working out, you are helping to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers.
You will sleep better
If you suffer from poor sleep, getting more activity might help. Working out, for example, helps you sleep better by increasing the amount of adenosine your brain makes. This chemical makes you feel more tired and keeps increasing the more you work out.
Working out also aids sleep by regulating your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock which helps determine your sleep schedule. When it’s off, it can cause issues like insomnia and over-sleeping. So if you work odd hours or are suffering from general sleeping issues, working out may help you get back on track by regulating the quality and quantity of your sleep.
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